VW Golf TDI BlueMotion Sets Record on Drive from France to Denmark with 80.6 mpg

By Jeremy Del Nero on 13 November 2013
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A Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion completed a 995-mile (1,602-kilometer) trip on a single tank of diesel fuel, averaging 80.6 mpg (2.92 l/100 km), a record for the car.

The trip originated in the French city of Nantes, where the BlueMotion received a full tank of diesel fuel, and concluded in Copenhagen, Denmark after nearly 21 hours of driving.  The vehicle used 12.4 gallons (46.92 liters) of fuel.  The route, which passed through the cities of Paris, Antwerp, and Bremen, provided an array of traffic patterns and terrains.

The record-breaking BlueMotion was equipped with a 110 horsepower TDI engine and a 13.2-gallon (50-liter) fuel capacity.

Although driven with hypermiling in mind, several other factors, including excellent aerodynamics, low vehicle weight, and low rolling resistance tires, contributed to the overall impressive efficiency of the Golf TDI BlueMotion.

In July, a Volkswagen 2013 Passat TDI Clean Diesel broke the Guinness World Record for “lowest fuel consumption – 48 U.S. States (non-hybrid car),” achieving 77.99 mpg (3.02 l/100 km) on its tour of the continental U.S.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)